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Injured Brahma - was recovering, but now can't walk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pmottshaw, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. pmottshaw

    pmottshaw New Egg

    Apr 20, 2008
    Hello Everyone,

    I'm hoping someone can shed some light on this situation.

    About 3 weeks ago when I was putting my chickens to bed (I close their door at night), I noticed that my Brahma (4 years old) hen was injured. She had a huge gash on the top of her head. The weather was still cold (I'm in Rhode Island) so I took her inside into the basement. We have a heated basement; I set up a spot for her. She was eating, drinking and walking just fine. I fed her layer pellets and a treat every morning (a piece of cheese, piece of hard boiled egg, etc).

    She was progressing nicely. Her would was healing nicely. Then, about a week ago, she stopped walking. She spends her day under my husband's table saw. She does still eat, but only specific things. She will peck at her pellets occasionally; eats little pieces of cheese, little pieces of egg salad. She is drinking very little.

    She manages to move herself around because when I check on her I notice that she has moved around (her head is facing a different direction). But, she stays within a 2-foot area.

    I spoke to a physician I work with who has had experience with chickens and he suggested that maybe my hen has a calcium deficiency. That's why I started trying giving the hen little pieces of egg and cheese.

    When I pick her up, I can see that the hen's feet are a little curled up.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thank you!
  2. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Start with these-- Immediately add electrolytes to the water-- poultry version are best due to salt content of many others, but you can use Pedialyte until you get poultry lytes. ALSO--Add 1 crushed TUMS tablet to feed for emergency calcium boost. Next, 3 DROPS daily of POLY-VI-SOL (human infant) vitamins given by mouth for 1 week and tapering off by 1 drop each week thereafter. Usually suspected to be calcium deficiency-- but magnesium and riboflavin may be possibles as well. There is magnesium in the electrolytes. To add extra riboflavin, you can try some Room Temp. milk w/bread FROM A MILK *CARTON* as light destroys the B-2 in plastic jug storage.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2008
  3. petlove

    petlove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2008
    Skiatook, OK
    Was the wound near her neck, at all? Maybe her spinal cord is affected.
  4. pmottshaw

    pmottshaw New Egg

    Apr 20, 2008
    I appreciate the quick replies. Thank you so very much.

    I will try your suggestions.

    When she was first injured, she was walking just fine for about 3 weeks. So, that makes me think that her spinal cord probably isn't the issue.
  5. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    *Hoping for the best, P. [​IMG]

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